Attendance up at Buffalo Roundup in Custer State Park

Attendance up at Buffalo Roundup in Custer State Park

South Dakota Fish, Game & Parks
South Dakota Fish, Game & Parks

CUSTER STATE PARK, S.D. –-( This morning was a busy one in Custer State Park as park staff corralled 1,500 buffalo during the 44th annual roundup. Initial reports indicate that attendance was up significantly from last year.

“Custer State Park hosted 2,861 cars and 40 motor coaches for the Roundup this year,” said Craig Pugsley, Visitor Services Coordinator at Custer State Park. “That is up dramatically from 2,360 cars and 29 motor coaches in 2008.”

Guests arrived from 41 states, three Canadian provinces and many foreign countries. Journalists from across the globe covered the event for their readers and viewers back home.

“This has grown to be a great event and we’re happy we can share a little bit of the Old West with those who are here for a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” added Pugsley.

The annual roundup serves as a tool to help manage the park’s buffalo herd. Around 200 buffalo will be sold at the park’s annual auction on Saturday, Nov. 21. For additional information on the auction, contact the park by phone at (605) 255-4515 or by email at [email protected]

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